The main house at the Lodge RSPB reserve, UK headquaters of the RSPB, Sandy, Bedfordshire

RSPB Council

RSPB Council is the governing body of the RSPB. It is responsible for ensuring the Society conducts its affairs in accordance with its Constitution and within the law.

The RSPB Council and Management Board

RSPB Council

There are a maximum of 18 council members (trustees) including the chairman, treasurer and three country committee chairmen for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They are elected by the membership at the AGM and serve for five years.

The council and its main sub-committees operate to a schedule of quarterly meetings.

Management Board

The RSPB is governed by a council of volunteers elected for their expertise relevant to running a wildlife conservation charity. An elected council and committees for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales oversee our work.

The council is responsible for the conduct of the RSPB’s affairs and for ensuring that the RSPB operates in accordance with its constitution and the law.

As the RSPB is a charity, the council is also answerable to the charity regulators in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, for ensuring charitable funds are used wisely.

Day-to-day management of the RSPB is delegated to a management board headed by a chief executive who reports to the chairman of the council. Divisional directors of global conservation, finance, people, fundraising and communications, and UK operations form our management board.

Council members

Kevin Cox (Chair)
Robert Cubbage (Treasurer)
David Baldock (Chair, Conservation Committee)
John Bullock (Chair, Fundraising & Communications Committee)
Victoria Chester (Chair, Country Advisory Committee for England)
Colin Galbraith (Chair, Country Advisory Committee for Scotland)
Clive Mellon (Chair, Country Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland)
Adrian Webb (Chair, Country Advisory Committee for Wales)
Helen Browning
Rosie Hails
Chris Mills
Stephen Moss
Vicki Nash
Debbie Pain
Veronica Pickering
Martin Saunders
Matt Taylor
Kerry ten Kate

Trustee vacancies

As several current members approach the end of their term, we are seeking applications for new trustees to join the RSPB’s Council from October 2020. To maintain a strong governing body, it is important that members of the Council reflect the breadth of the RSPB’s work and represent a broad range of different communities and perspectives. As a result, we are actively seeking to increase the diversity of our Council members.

We invite expressions of interest from those who believe they have appropriate skills and experience. The particular areas of expertise required will vary each year, depending on the spread of skills among current members, but we would prefer you to have experience of trustee or non-executive roles. You must also be a current RSPB member.

For further information and to arrange an initial conversation, please email the Council Coordinator at by 22 November 2019.